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Posts tagged "imposter syndrome"
Feb 24, 2014
I’m the most relentlessly self-promoting person in the world, but I’m also deeply embarrassed by the need to do it.
— Harold Ramis (He continues: “There’s a concept in Buddhism called “anatta.” It means “no self”—that the self is an illusion. It’s a bunch of projections and it doesn’t really exist. And yet, we base our whole identity on it… I work in an industry where self is everything. The constant hum in LA is, “How am I doing? How am I doing? How am I doing?” And if you’re there, you live it. And if you’re in this business, you live with it all the time — this desire to be a public figure, and then it happens, and suddenly you’ve created this Self, this Thing, that exists even apart from who you really are. So imposter syndrome starts to happen, where you don’t feel like you really deserve what you’ve got and one day people are going to find out that you don’t really have any talent and you don’t really have any character. They’ll find out how weak you are. And it’ll all be over…”)
Mar 25, 2013
Dec 14, 2012
Fraudulence always seems to lie at the heart of amateur pursuits. Maybe you don’t have the right credentials, or background, or something else—other people’s presumptions—keeps you from doing what you want, so you just pretend. It’s a kind of prison break. The culture around you won’t let you out of where you are or into where you want to go. So, you pretend to be someone else, and make your move.